The following 10 principles are general guidelines for planning TOD districts and neighborhoods. Densities, details, and design vary project by project depending on many factors including location, context, availability of redevelopment property, surrounding development, etc.
These 10 principles are a starting point for further work preparing specific local development plans working with the community. Examples of these plans are located on our 'Reports' page.
1. Put stations in locations with highest ridership potential and development opportunities 2. Designate 1/2 mile radius around station as higher density, mixed-use, walkable development 3. Create range of densities with highest at station, tapering down to existing neighborhoods 4. Design station site for seamless pedestrian connections to surrounding development 5. Create public plaza directly fronting one or more sides of the station building 6. Create retail and cafe streets leading to station entrances along main pedestrian connections 7. Reduce parking at station, site a block or two away, direct pedestrian flow along retail streets 8. Enhance multi-modal connections, making transfers easy, direct, and comfortable 9. Incorporate bikeshare, a comprehensive bikeway network, and large ride-in bike parking areas 10. Use station as catalyst for major redevelopment of area and great placemaking around station
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